There is perhaps no food more universally enjoyed than noodles. There is also perhaps no better place to get them than at Meet Noodles, located at 2121 Belcourt Avenue. It’s in the name! This restaurant has all the charm of a local eatery combined with the deliciousness of your new favorite restaurant. Whether you’re looking for a quaint location to have a calm dinner with a close friend, a quiet restaurant for a meal with your friend group, or if you’re just looking for some really good food, Meet Noodles is the place to go.
Quick side note: in order for this review to go as well as possible, I made sure to come with a few friends (pictured below), which I highly recommend.
photo credit: Albert Wu/Trevor Hyun
Pictured (left to right): Albert Wu, Elizabeth Li, Myself, Trevor Hyun, and Ned Henneman.
Meet Noodles’ exterior made me slightly dubious as to what I might expect upon entering, but the second I stepped inside I felt like I had just been welcomed into someone’s own home. I could smell fresh orders coming crisp from the kitchen. The warm ambiance created from that homely vibe invited me right inside. The hostess greeted us kindly and we were soon seated in a cozy and comfy corner booth. After perusing the menu I decided on the tomato sirloin noodles, as well as the milk tea – original flavor with boba. Soon after placing the orders the first piece of deliciousness to arrive at the table was the boba.
I don’t consider myself to be a boba connoisseur by any means, but this is now certainly near the top of the list. As for the milk tea itself, it had an even, thin consistency paired with a smooth texture that was only interrupted by the occasional boba ball having the good fortune of getting tractor-beamed up my straw.
The second and final item to arrive soon after was the main course: the tomato sirloin noodles.
I relished in its presentation for a long second before digging in. The first aspect that I noticed about this dish was the slight edge it had. There was just enough of a minute tang at the end of each bite to keep me invested in the next. The noodles themselves were located in the perfect balance between being neither too firm nor too soft, while the scallions in combination with the tomatoes produced an alluring landscape – a backdrop of sorts – to the noodles. And of course the broth. The base element of it all flawlessly complemented each feature described above with its salty essence, creating a flavorful symphony of delight.
However, the feature that completely stole the show was the chunks of beef sirloin peeking out from behind the large pieces of bok choy. Each piece was tender and flavorful, with just enough resistance to make each bite satisfyingly delicious.
When I had finished, only one question remained: How soon can I come back? Meet Noodles provided a wonderful atmosphere, great service, and obviously amazing food. In addition, they also take meal money! In my book those qualities make for an ideal combo. If you want to get acquainted with some (really really good) noodles, this is the place for you! This place will leave you wanting to meet even more the next time you go back.